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Climatology, Third Edition

Author(s): Robert V. Rohli, PhD, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Anthony J. Vega, PhD, Clarion University
  • ISBN-13: 9781284032307
  • Product With Access Code    444 pages      © 2015
Price: $162.95 US List
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A Thoroughly Updated New Edition of an Essential Text in an Ever-evolving Field

“…[Climatology, Third Edition] is one of the most comprehensive treatments of the science of climatology that I have encountered…This is a solid textbook and is worthy of use in climatology courses.”

–Timothy J. Wallace, Mississippi State University

Ideal for the upper-level undergraduate or introductory-level graduate course on climatology, the thoroughly updated Third Edition provides students with a comprehensive foundation of the climatic system. It begins with an overview of climatology basics, including a discussion on climatology versus meteorology and an introduction to the atmosphere. Also included in these introductory chapters is a discussion on air/sea interactions to assist readers in understanding this critical aspect of the earth/atmosphere system. Using a regional approach, discussions progress to more advanced concepts, such as microscale processes; climatic water balance; global atmospheric circulation; climatic classification; the spatial variability of climates; and much more. Presenting evidence-based contemporary information and data, Climatology, Third Edition encourages readers to think critically about the climate system while developing a sense of social responsibility.

The comprehensive Third Edition provides up-to-date data through graphs and maps, and introduces new key terms that have crept into the science and public discourse. With additional quantitative and paleoclimatology material, Climatology, Third Edition thoroughly explores the processes that make the climate the way it is today, making it an essential resource for students delving into this ever-evolving field.

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Features & Benefits

  • Topics are carefully explained and supported with proper examples and analogies to assist readers in analyzing and retaining key concepts.
  • Without the use of calculus, quantitative treatment is included where necessary to provide students with detailed explanation of the processes discussed that is needed at this upper-level.
  • A revised art program offers enhanced clarity and gradation of all maps, climographs, and images to better illustrate the diversity of climate within varying climate types.
  • Covers recent events such as Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy and the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland to offer readers the most current data and information.
  • Provides greater emphasis on current topics, including the “shale revolution,” the behavior of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, the weakening or possible reversal of “global dimming” in the 21st century, the importance of dimethyl sulfides as drivers and/or modulators of global climate change, and the 2012 sunspot maximum.
  • Every new printed copy is packaged with full access to the Navigate Companion Website. Students will find a wealth of interactive study and learning tools to help them succeed in their Climatology course.
  • Instructor resources include PowerPoint Lecture Outlines, PowerPoint Image Bank, and Test Bank.

Applicable Courses

Written for the upper-level undergraduate or introductory-level graduate course in climatology.

Course titles include:

  • Climatology
  • The Climate System
  • Physical Climatology
  • Advanced Climatology
Part 1  The Basics
Chapter 1  Introduction to Climatology
Chapter 2  Atmospheric Structure and Composition
Part 2  Climatological Processes
Chapter 3  Controls on the Climate System
Chapter 4  Atmospheric Interactions with the Other "Spheres"
Chapter 5  Energy, Matter, and Momentum Exchanges Near the Surface
Chapter 6  Global Hydrologic Cycle and Surface Water Balance
Chapter 7  General Circulation and Secondary Circulations
Part 3  Climates Across Space
Chapter 8  Climatic Classification
Chapter 9  Extratropical Northern Hemisphere Climates
Chapter 10  Tropical and Southern Hemisphere Climates
Part 4  Climates Through Time
Chapter 11  Climatic Change and Variability
Chapter 12  Anthropogenic Climate Changes
Chapter 13  Linking Spatial and Temporal Aspects of Climate Through Quantitative Methods
Part 5  Relationships Between Climate and Other Endeavors
Chapter 14  Applied Climatology, Climate Impacts, and Climatic Data

Robert V. Rohli, PhD-Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

Additional Titles by this Author

Anthony J. Vega, PhD-Clarion University

Additional Titles by this Author
  • “…[Climatology, Third Edition] is one of the most comprehensive treatments of the science of climatology that I have encountered…This is a solid textbook and is worthy of use in climatology courses.”

    –Timothy J. Wallace, Mississippi State University

  • “I do find that the inclusion of statistical and mathematical equations does make [Climatology, Third Edition] stand out from many others I have reviewed…I feel the main strength is the depth covered within each chapter.  I have reviewed at least five climatology textbooks, and this one has the most scientific explanations and examples…I find this to be my favorite textbook at discussing the physical processes and details of Earth’s climate system…
    I sincerely feel this is one of the finest and most comprehensive climatology textbooks out there.”

    -Dr. Stephen Tsikalas, Jacksonville State University

  • “The biggest strength [of Climatology, Third Edition] is the overall accessibility of the material for undergraduate students.  Generally, the authors do a great job of explaining fairly complex principles without watering it down.”

    –Dr. Tianna Bogart, Frostburg State University

  • “As of now it is the best text on the market for my course.  I feel like [Climatology, Third Edition] does a great job covering the basic science behind what causes differences in climate geographically.  I also like that the text covers both natural and anthropogenic climate variability.”

    –Dr. Kimberly DeBiasse, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9781284032307

Slides in PowerPoint Format
Test Bank